Archive for April, 2012

Is This Real Life?!?

Posted: April 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Well the title of this blog was the theme of the past week in Reno. If you were there, well you can attest to this, and if you weren’t I will explain a portion of the incredible times had by all in Reno, aka “Little Vegas.” If you remember the blog post from a week ago, I was sitting in the airport headed to Reno doing some people watching. If “people watching” was a sport, I could be a professional.

Technically we were there for a cow show, but everyone knows that there is not a show in the country with more excitement, so it is like a working vacation. Although if you think you are going to gamble and get your picture put on the big billboard outside saying you are a winner, you are wrong! Casinos are nice and big for a reason. I finally arrived around noon on Tuesday and went straight to the tables. Possibly the worst idea I have ever had, but losing early money made me not gamble much the rest of the week. I was extremely tired on Tuesday evening and fell asleep early considering I was in Reno! Wednesday most everyone showed up, including my long lost brother from California. When he arrived, the casino began to get tore up. He even got stranded in the elevator for an hour and a half! The cattle showed up on Wednesday evening, so then it was time to get to work.

We had 9 head in our string, so it was not too bad. It was spread over three days, so we did not have to get too crazy. The cattle looked very well and performed well. Congratulations to Express Ranches and the Sankey’s for their success with a quality set of cattle.

Now enough about the show, let’s talk about the fun stuff. EVERY single night we went out and had a blast! Most nights we stayed at the casino, but we had one exceptional night out on the townJ. The predominant crew consisted of my long lost brother from California, his buddy, “the model from Cali”, one “real life babe” from California, and me.

Now to explain the “is this real life” slogan made famous this week in Reno. Every night we were out, it didn’t matter what happened, whether it be funny, tragic, or sentimental, someone would pipe in and say “Is this real life?” It turned into the theme of the week for this reason. I have been on the west coast two of the past three weeks, and coming home each time was a difficult transition for me. It is always hard to say goodbye to your friends you don’t get to see every day. Thank god for airplanes and technology right? We are currently planning an incredible part II to the “limited edition group” saga. Stay tuned for more details.

The times had this weekend are times that I will never forget. The people that I hung out with are the people that I will never forget. And these together create the memories that are enough to talk about for a lifetime…………………without memories you are not living.


Well the title of this post is something that I frequently do, and I certainly love it. If you didn’t realize it, the airport is a hot bed of yuppy city folks that are here everyday because their job is THAT important. Many of them are rude and will be running rampant through the airport with their Bluetooth in their ear and Starbucks in their freehand. Another thing I notice frequently in airports are Asians. You know there are several of them when the lady boarding the plane even speaks Chinese over the loudspeaker! Anyway, I am in their world now. So there is no better time to chat with someone than while your in the airport. Typically I wear boots and pressed jeans or a cowboy hat or something to make me stand out for a conversation starter. I realize that educating a few people airport will not change the world, but every step counts. Let the world know what you do, what you produce, and how you do so. They WILL listen…

This week I will be in Reno, NV helping Brad and Dawn Gohr of Oregon. Reno is always a blast and I look for it to be once again.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day”…….


Ramblin Man

Posted: April 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Where has the last week gone? If you find it let me know… We have been covered up with everything from U.S. Congresswoman Hartzler coming all the way through the end of the District FFA contest today! As I mentioned in my last post, I had the opportunity to evaluate the Division I speaking contest. We had 11 first year FFA members stand and deliver their speeches for competition. All of the topics were very relevant to current agriculture issues and they all did an outstanding job of presenting them. The top 4 individuals advanced to the State FFA Convention in Columbia. Congratulations to all competitors and good luck to them as they travel up the ranks. Yesterday was the livestock judging contest, where around 150 FFA members from the district competed for top honors. We setup all of the pens for the contest last Friday and had the livestock in place on Monday morning at 7 am. The contestants evaluated 9 classes of livestock and delivered reasons on three of the classes. I took reasons on an outstanding class of Hereford bulls. It was great to see such a great turnout for the contest.

This week is certainly a short week of school for those of us here at Missouri State. Monday and Tuesday, due to the FFA contests, all agriculture classes were canceled. Wednesday classes are scheduled like normal, and then Thursday and Friday we are dismissed from school for Easter break!

This week my travels take me west to the Golden State of California for the Silveira Bros. Online Open House fall-born female sale. They are offering 10 fall-born heifer calves ranging from August to December all sired by Silveiras Style 9303. I am looking forward to this event very much! If you are in need of a show heifer be sure to check it out at or The sale began today and will end on Saturday with a live closeout. If you have any questions about the females be sure to call Garrett or you can even call me. That is all I have for now, but next week I will have plenty of excitement to share highlighting my trip to Cali! Below is just one of the outstanding females offered in the sale!

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine